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Families turn to adoption for a number of reasons. Some are unable to have their own children. Others already have children of their own but want to open their home to others in need. Still some may have stepchildren who they wish to legally adopt. Whatever the situation, adoption can be a beautiful and rewarding way to start or grow a family. If you are thinking about adoption but do not know where to start, the following can help you understand your options for adoption in Illinois.

Types of Adoption in Illinois

Adoption comes in many different forms. The following are options available to prospective parents in Illinois:

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international adoption, Illinois family law attorneysAdopting a child from another country is more complex than a domestic adoption. These type of adoptions can be expensive and can take longer to complete. However, this does not make adopting a child from another country impossible. Rather, it just means that there are additional issues of which prospective adoptive parents should be aware.

Hague Convention

The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) was designed to provide safety for the children and parents involved in adoptions. The specific objectives are to establish:

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adopting a child, Illinois family law attorneysThe decision to adopt a child brings together individuals who desire to become parents of children who are in need of loving homes. While adoption is often extraordinarily beneficial for all parties involved, the process of completing one can be very complex.

Who May Adopt

Under Illinois law, any reputable person of legal age who has lived continuously in Illinois for at least six months immediately prior to the beginning of the adoption proceeding may adopt. A person who is a member of the armed forces of the United States must be domiciled in Illinois for at least 90 days. A person's domicile is their true and permanent home, to which they intend to return to even though they may be currently living somewhere else.

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